Good Samaritan downplays role in thwarting sex assault -
Published Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 12:00 am / Updated at 2:08 pm
Good Samaritan downplays role in thwarting sex assault

A 24-year-old sex offender was arrested by Omaha police after being identified as the man who attempted to assault a woman leaving her exercise class Monday morning.

David Matney had gone into his office earlier than usual to get caught up on paperwork after a busy weekend.

After an hour or so, at about 7 a.m. Monday, he heard a terrible scream from outside.

“It was somebody in real trouble,” Matney said. “She was really freaked out.”

What he thought at first to be a purse snatcher turned out, according to Omaha police, to be a 24-year-old man allegedly attempting to assault a woman leaving her exercise class near 120th Street and West Center Road.

The woman told authorities that the man appeared to be fondling himself and had grabbed her by the shoulder when she walked to her car.

That's when Matney approached.

“I ran up and was yelling at the guy,” he said. “I kind of just charged at him.”

The man punched Matney, leaving him with a “pretty good shiner” before he ran away, Matney said.

About three hours later, someone reported that a man had been fondling himself inside a women's clothing store. Officers arrived and arrested Glenn Nickerson on suspicion of attempted first-degree sexual assault, three counts of criminal trespassing, lewd conduct and third-degree misdemeanor assault.

Police said Nickerson also is suspected in a similar incident reported June 7 near 123rd Street and West Center Road. He was convicted of third-degree sexual assault of an adult in 2011.

Matney, president of the Omaha Area Board of Realtors and owner of Alliance Real Estate, downplayed his actions, saying he did what any of his co-workers would have done.

The 53-year-old woman later shook Matney's hand and told him thank you.

“You don't want to see anyone get hurt,” Matney said.

World-Herald staff writer Jay Withrow contributed to this report.

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